June 27, 2007

Aldrich having fun

In 2005, highly touted Minnesota big man Cole Aldrich committed to the school of his dreams. Two years later, he is ready to take the court for the Kansas Jayhawks. In what could be a special year for KU, Aldrich figures to be a key addition to an already loaded roster, returning all but one player from an Elite Eight appearance a year ago.

At 6-foot-11, 245-pounds, the former McDonald's All American is expected to make an immediate impact, and with the help of Assistant coach Danny Manning, the true center has the opportunity to learn from one of the all-time greats.

It seems like an eternity has passed since Aldrich committed to Self and the Kansas program. Fans have been talking about him for two seasons. After a solid junior season, Aldrich struggled through the summer with injuries, including a sore knee which only allowed him to play two games at the 2006 Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kan.

Once healthy, the talented big man worked on becoming a better player physically, which helped him become a better play on the court. At one point, Aldrich was being listed at 260-pounds. After shedding the weight, and becoming stronger, KU's All American prospect torched opponents throughout his senior year.

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